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PrefaceAbout the AuthorIntroductionChapter 1. Basic Facts and the Central Mystery of ADHDChapter 2. A New Model of ADHD: Executive Function ImpairmentsChapter 3. Differences Among Persons With ADHDChapter 4. Ways ADHD Can Impair Functioning at Various Age LevelsChapter 5. How ADHD Impacts "Brain Googling" for MotivationsChapter 6. How ADHD Develops, Sometimes Gets Worse, and Sometimes ImprovesChapter 7. How and Why Other Disorders Often Co-Occur With ADHDChapter 8. Assessing Children, Teenagers, and Adults for ADHDChapter 9. Emotional Dynamics in Individuals, Couples, and Families Coping With ADHDChapter 10. Practical Aspects of Medication Treatments for ADHDChapter 11. Practical Aspects of Nonmedication Interventions for ADHDChapter 12. Treatment Adaptations for ADHD With Various ComplicationsReferencesIndex

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This book is yet another example of Dr. Brown's exceptional ability to convey complex information about ADHD to a broad audience in easily understandable terms yet based on the scientific evidence and current scientific theories about ADHD. He has long championed the idea that ADHD is far more than a disorder of attention, but one of the brain's executive functions - mental abilities that are crucial to self-control and future-directed behavior. It is a view of ADHD I share. This book continues that theme, providing not only a fine understanding of the disorder, is complexity, and its causes, but also a number of insightful cases as well as numerous evidence-based recommendations concerning its management. Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Medical University of South Carolina Professor Brown translates complex science into everyday language. This is THE guide for anyone having questions or doubts about ADHD. Case descriptions are delivered in an empathic tone that only one who has dedicated a lifetime to caring for patients and families with ADHD could provide. Highly recommended for patients, their families and professionals interested in ADHD. Luis Augusto Rohde, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil & President of the World Federation of ADHD This down-to-earth book shows what ADHD really is and what it isn't. Brown gives us a true "feel" for ADHD and the impact of symptoms on people's lives. He defines executive functions in clear examples just as his patients described to him. For those who want an in-depth understanding of ADHD as it occurs in children, youth and adults, this book is a must read. Michael J. Manos, Ph.D., Head of Pediatric Behavioral Health, Cleveland Clinic This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand ADHD across the life span. Brown gathers together some of the best thinking and research from a variety of fields to answer some of the most crucial questions about this still vexing and all-too-common condition. He has delivered a clear, comprehensive work that is both engaging and original. A rewarding, useful and accessible read. F. Xavier Castellanos, M.D., The Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Tom Brown's clearly written evidence-based update on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a must-read for professionals working with people struggling with ADHD as well as for adolescents and adults with ADHD who are seeking a deeper understanding of the disorder. The many clinical vignettes add interest and remind us of the person behind the diagnosis. Sections debunking common misunderstandings and summarizing important facts about ADHD are gems! Mina K. Dulcan, M.D., Head, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Comprehensive, compassionate, and clear, Brown's authoritative survey on attention deficit disorders integrates rich clinical experience with cutting-edge neuroscience and epidemiology. The book provides a textured overview of ADD/ADHD's manifold symptoms and comorbidities, shifting phenomologically across the life course and statistically across changing diagnostic systems. Brown's own "out of the box" views on such topics as measurement bias and non-pharmaceutical adjunctive treatment are compelling. This rigorous yet approachable text is ideal for clinicians, academic researchers, parents and patients alike. Ronald C. Kessler, Ph.D., McNeil Family Professor, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School Dr. Brown, a leading international expert in ADD and related conditions, provides a superb, nuanced introduction to this multifaceted condition and a rich, personal, compassionate exploration of the challenges faced by at least 5% of the world's population. His advice and guidance on how to anticipate and deal with the realities of ADD, make this a must read for teachers, psychologists and medical professionals as well as for the parents, teens, adults, and partners whose lives are directly touched, and potentially derailed, by ADD. Dr. Brown's guidance is especially important in today's world with its vast array of information, much of which is incomplete, contradictory, unscientific, outdated and at times simply wrong. James F. Leckman, M.D., Ph.D., Neison Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology, Yale University Professor Brown has written with his usual insightful understanding and communicates in an understandable way that will be a most valuable asset for professionals, patients, and parents alike. A brilliant read and one I will come back to many times. As a patient advocate this is an invaluable resource for me. Andrea Bilbow, OBE, Founder of Attention Deficit Information and Support Service (ADDISS) in U.K.

About the Author

Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who received his Ph.D. from Yale University and is Director of the Brown Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders in Manhattan Beach, California.

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